Opening date: 09/11/2017
Reference number: VAC14538
Office location: Blaenau Gwent
Contract type: Fixed Term until 31/03/2018
Interview date: To be confirmed
Dementia devastates lives. By 2021, 1 million people will be living with the condition. But dementia won't win. Until the day we find a cure, Alzheimer's Society will be here for anyone affected by dementia - wherever they are, whatever they're going through. Everything we do is informed and inspired by them.
We are the UK's leading dementia charity. Every day, we work tirelessly to find new treatments and, ultimately, a cure for dementia. We provide expert information, training, and support services to all those who need our help. And we are creating a more dementia-friendly society so people with the condition can live without fear and prejudice.
About the role
We can offer you a stimulating and challenging career as part of our local team in Gwent. With offices in Newport, Torfaen, Blaenau Gwent, Caerphilly, Monmouthshire and Powys, our team of over 260 staff and volunteers deliver a range of services to people affected by dementia across Gwent. They are supported by an Operations Manager and the locality management team.
We are looking for a motivated individual to join our Community Support team who will be based in Blaenau Gwent. The successful candidate will support people with dementia in their own homes and in the community by providing them with opportunities for one to one personalised support. You will contribute to the development of individual support plans and undertake risk assessments and will not provide personal care or provide counselling, advice or advocacy.
Support provided will be in line with the service specification, which will enable people with dementia to continue with personal hobbies and interests, try new experiences and continue with daily living and other activities that are important to them. You will also support people with dementia to make informed choices on how they spend their time and to encourage people with dementia to maintain independence, autonomy and cognitive abilities for as long as possible.
You will provide encouragement and assistance to the person with dementia in undertaking daily living tasks and provide support to the person with dementia to participate in leisure activities that
aim to reduce the person with dementia’s social isolation and/or increase their
leisure time or satisfaction. Leisure activities can include support with participating in activities in the home, for example, art or crafts, gardening, puzzles, baking or music. Leisure activities may also include support with participating in activities in the community, for example, going for walks, playing golf, fishing, etc.
You will possess an NVQ Level 2 or equivalent and have a good understanding of the needs of people with dementia and their carers. You will also have experience in a care or support environment and providing one to one support to vulnerable people and experience of record keeping and/or report writing.